Pop music is supposed to inspire and create an experience that no other type of music can accomplish; something Blackout not only did for pop music fans, but it inspired a whole generation of new artists. Obviously the electronic, synth, urban and dance genres have been around for quite some time now, but has any of it been fused together so perfectly for a mainstream audience? The answer is no. So much of the pop music today is urban, synth, and experimental with the mainstream club beats to accompany it, and you can’t look past Blackout and find that. It’s too bad the music contained in this album isn’t taken seriously, due to the misconceptions about the artist. In fact, some people hear that name and eyes tend to roll. She’s been taken for a joke, stereotyped and unrecognized for her artistry but it’s good to note that she herself was an Executive-Producer for the album. I’m not going to make this about her or her personal life, all though it’s hard not to, but this album didn’t get half as much praise as it should have and it was probably due to fiasco that was going on in her personal life. With that said, the album was still able to hold it’s own with no promotion. This all completes how I value the record.
Take a look at artists such as Ke$ha and Lady Gaga. Before Blackout (2007), did you ever hear that type of music on mainstream radio? It was out there, yes, but it was all too unique for commercial success. Keep in mind neither of those artists even had developing record deals at that time. If you do your research, you’ll find that Ke$ha comes from a country/classic rock music background and Lady Gaga came from a singer-songwriter/rock background. She’d been writing music and performing at clubs for years before Music Industry Execs got a hold of her and developed this Dance-Pop Vixen known as “Lady Gaga.” I think Blackout itself didn’t directly inspire their music, but they took what inspired Blackout and ran with it. This is why the album is so...
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